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Dirty Dancing lift on the Waterfront Stage

Posted on July 23, 2014

dirty dancing at latitude

dirty-dancing-at-latitudeHundreds of festival-goers had the time of their life as Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage took to the water at last weekend’s Latitude Festival. A company of eight dancers and two singers performed to audiences positioned on all three sides of the Waterfront Stage, thrilling the crowd with a specially choreographed sequence featuring excerpts from the worldwide smash-hit show.

Dirty Dancing‘s current UK associate choreographer, Glenn Wilkinson, created a bespoke performance especially for the festival. He said: “I adapted the piece to try and give people a real sense of the show. I tried to pick the most iconic moments and squeeze what is normally a two-hour show into 20 minutes.

“We were really lucky to perform on the Waterfront Stage; lots of dance is choreographed to be viewed from a particular direction, but Dirty Dancing looks great whichever side it is viewed from.”

The record-breaking national tour of Dirty Dancing is currently in Dublin at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, before moving to Belfast for a season at the Grand Opera House. It will then visit Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Oxford, Eastbourne, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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